6,000 Inmates in My Backyard

When I was three years old, my family and I moved into a twenty-room mansion with a tennis court, a stable for our horses and a swimming pool that held a million gallons of water. Little did I know this fairy tale home was next to the largest walled prison in the world. Governor G. Mennen Williams had appointed my father, William H. Bannan, to the warden’s position at Jackson State Prison. More

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About Constance Bannan Barnes

Constance Bannan Barnes lived on the grounds of three prisons in the state of Michigan for twenty-two years, as the daughter of prison warden. Connie lived with thieves and murderers, men and women who worked in the warden's residences.

She is a retired Special Education Consultant, married with two step-daughters and one step-granddaughter. She wrote, "Calming the Riots" for the 2006 edition of Michigan History Magazine.

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